I would rather not have this site be a place where I post too much about my “personal” life as I am currently in the process of dissolving my ego, but I feel strongly enough about this to want to share with everyone.
I recently returned from a very intimate time receiving the biggest hug from the universe (sometimes a little too tight!) in which I meditated some 80+ hours in silence over a 10 day period practicing Vipassana meditation.
This practice, which in its purity is entirely rational and void of any dogmas and blind faith, serves as a means of providing first hand experiential knowledge of the mind/body phenomenon leading to deeper insights of the self and laws of nature.
This work was done at an organized course, as taught by S. N. Goenka, offered to the public for free (food and residential accommodations included). Courses are offered throughout the year at numerous locations throughout the world. Here is a list of centers and course schedules.
I had the opportunity of taking my first 10-day course this past August and was fortunate enough to attend another 10-day course that just concluded yesterday.
Here is a description of the technique taken from the course website:
The word Vipassana means seeing things as they really are. It is the process of self-purification by self-observation. One begins by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind. With a sharpened awareness one proceeds to observe the changing nature of body and mind and experiences the universal truths of impermanence, suffering and egolessness. This truth-realization by direct experience is the process of purification. The entire path (Dhamma) is a universal remedy for universal problems and has nothing to do with any organized religion or sectarianism. For this reason, it can be freely practiced by everyone, at any time, in any place, without conflict due to race, community or religion, and will prove equally beneficial to one and all.
I feel very fortunate to have been exposed to this practice and consider attending a course to be one of the best things I have done for myself. I suggest and encourage all to consider allowing such a practice to enter their lives to whatever extent one is willing to let it. If you are interested or just curious about Vipassana or my experience I would be willing to share if you message me privately. Also, if you are on Tumblr and have experience with Vipassana I would love to hear from you!
May all beings experience peace, harmony, and happiness!